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Performing Labour in Look Left Look Right’s Above and Beyond

Alston, A (2015) Performing Labour in Look Left Look Right’s Above and Beyond Research in Drama Education: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance, 20 (1). pp. 50-61.

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Abstract

This article looks at the theme of ‘performing labour’ in Look Left Look Right’s Above and Beyond. In this performance, individual audience members participate as a generic staff member in a fully-functioning five star hotel in London. I consider three modes of performing labour in Above and Beyond: audiences role-playing as staff; theatre workers role-playing as staff; and hotel staff performing care and attentiveness. The aesthetics of performing labour is considered as being noticeably theatrical in each of these three modes, prompting evaluation of what it means to ‘reveal’ labour both inside and outside of explicit theatre contexts. The article concludes, perhaps controversially, by focusing on the bourgeois qualities of this revelation: to be attended to, either as audience or guest, as one who pays for the craft of care.

Item Type: Article
Subjects : Theatre and Performance Studies
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > School of Arts > Dance, Film and Theatre
Authors :
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Alston, AUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : 30 April 2015
Contributors :
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EditorConroy, CUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Uncontrolled Keywords : Look Left Look Right, labour and performance, one-on-one theatre, immersive theatre, performing labour, thrice-behaved behaviour, politics of participation, aesthetics of participation
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Additional Information : This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Research in Drama Education: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance on 30/04/2015, available online: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13569783.2014.983467
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 05 Feb 2016 11:12
Last Modified : 27 Aug 2016 01:08
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/809768

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